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Dr Arrigo Velicogna

VelicognaRoom K7.06
Department of War Studies
Office Hours: Wednesday 10.00-13.00




Dr. Arrigo Velicogna is a Military Historian who currently teaches Wars Within Wars in the Department of War Studies plus taking an host of other modules as seminar leader and teaching assistants. Dr. Velicogna's career started in Bologna University where he earned a BA in Ancient History (Storia Indirizzo Antico) in 2003. After realizing that archaeology had nothing to do with Indian Jones and X... and that war was not going to disappear from the contemporary world he focused his interest on Military History. He earned an MA in War Studies in King’s in 2007-2008 and followed with a PhD on the controversial subject of american strategy and operations in Vietnam titled “Victory and Strategic Culture: The Marines, the Army and Vietnam, First Corps Tactical Zone 1965-1971 completing his studies in 2012.

From 2009 he has been a constant presence in War Studies classes as a teaching assistant. 

Besides having a deep interest in the Vietnamese War Arrigo had extensively researched Naval Warfare, and war in Asia between 1937, the Marco Polo Bridge Incident, and 1989 (the end of the cold war).  He has presented in international conferences on topic like the relative effectiveness of battleships and carriers in World War Two and  combined operations in the Pacific War. He has also worked with the British Army as lead historian in Battlefield Studies and as researcher for the MoD in the development of simulation tools for military planning culminating in being a member of  RCAT (Rapid Campaign Assessment Tool) team for the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL). 

Research Interests:

  • The Pacific War 1937-1945
  • The Korean War 1950-1953 (and onward)
  • The First Indochina War (1945-1954)
  • The Vietnam War (1965-1975)
  • Interwar Naval and Aviation Development
  • Japanese Military History
  • Chinese Military History
  • United States Military history and strategy
  • Hellenistic and Roman Warfare
  • Conflict Simulations
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